Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Thursday 14 June

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
THOMAS GILBERT JACKSON 90 GLAN CLWYD 15.1.18 10am
JAMES ROBERT 42 DEGANWY 16.1.18 10.30am
STEVEN DAVID CLARKE 43 CAECH REPUBLIC 13.8.16 11am
NITA DORIS THOMAS 86 LLANDUDNO HOSPITAL 11.10.17 12 noon
ROY WILLIAM IZZARD 85 GLAN CLWYD 26.1.18 2pm
NIA LLOYD EVANS 36 LLANRWST 30.1.18 2.45pm
PATRICK JAMES GODDARD 55 GLAN CLWYD 4.2.18 3.30pm


Friday 15 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PHILIP BLANE LEA 70 RUTHIN 21.5.17 10am
CARL SARGEANT
PRE-INQUEST HEARING
49 CONNAHS QUAY 7.11.17 2pm


Monday 18 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ANNE JOSEPHINE SYNNOTT
PRE-INQUEST HEARING
69 GLAN CLWYD 29.6.18 2pm


Thursday 21 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JAMES VICTOR WASH 71 DENBIGH 20.1.18 10am
KEVIN RICHARD LARKIN 28 WYTHENSHAW HOSPITAL 8.1.18 2pm


Friday 22 June

Coroner's Court, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
RONALD JONES 91 WREXHAM MAELOR 6.8.17 9.30am
KEVIN VALENTINE 56 WREXHAM MAELOR 22.6.17 10.30am
MARGARET WALTERS-PEEL 96 WREXHAM 15.1.18 12.30pm
MARK KENDRICK EVANS 51 WREXHAM MAELOR 7.12.17 2pm
STEPHEN PETER WEAVER 36 WREXHAM 26.1.18 2.30pm
THOMAS PARSONAGE 75 WREXHAM MAELOR 22.1.18 3pm
MEGAN MARGARET EVANS 93 WREXHAM MAELOR 5.2.18 3.30pm
JEFFREY PETERS 73 WREXHAM MAELOR 22.6.17 4pm


Thursday 28 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOAN ALLEN 84 WREXHAM MAELOR 18.8.17 10am
VINCENT JOHN
THOMAS NORBURY
83 DOBSHILL 18.7.17 11.30am
ANN WYNN ROWLANDS 80 GLAN CLWYD 21.6.17 1.30pm


 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047